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« on: December 19, 2009, 05:40:57 AM »

Hi guys,

I hail from National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India, which has similar grading pattern as IITs. I need your help in deciding which GPA to report to the admissions committee. I found a few methods for doing this, please help me deciding which is best?
GPA in 10 point Scale - 8.19

Unitary method:
Equivalent GPA in 4 point scale = 4*(8.19/10) = 3.276

Using grades (A=4, B=3 etc)
Equivalent GPA in 4 point scale = 3.25

For relative grading
Equivalent GPA in 4 point scale = 4*(8.19/9.23) = 3.549, where Topper's GPA = 9.23

I can report only one of these. Should I leave the conversion part on them Huh
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2009, 09:39:53 AM »

report 8.19/10 as there's no point reporting an inaccuarate gpa

every school will have their own conversion scales
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2009, 08:20:39 PM »

Adcoms are surprisingly familiar with foreign degrees, you don't have to attempt a conversion.

If you want to state a GPA, however, I suggest you use the method which gives the highest GPA and specify clearly in the application how you have done the GPA calculation.

Brits have similar problems also, as we don't have the GPA concept at all.  We normally consider:

First = 70%+ = GPA 4.0 (i.e. perfect)
2(i) = 60% - 69% = GPA 3.5 - 3.9
2(ii) = 50% - 59% = GPA 3.0 - 3.4
Third = 40% - 49% = GPA 2.0 - 2.9

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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2009, 06:52:56 AM »

As mine is honours degree, and percentage conversion comes above 75% so will that be GPA 4.0  Huh
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2009, 01:20:21 PM »

No!! What kuma said holds true for the 3 year bachelor programs like the one's offered at delhi university's colleges, and not for 4 year engineering programs, which are graded differently and many people have a gpa > 9.0/10 in the latter

you will have to report your gpa out of a scale of 10 in this case, as all students from the IIT do (most schools in the US are familiar with the IIT and indian engineering grading systems)
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2009, 01:26:17 PM »

Hey!

I'm form IIT Delhi with a CGPA of 7.54/10...the topper of the batch has a 9.13/10....
There are a number of other engineering collages in India (besides the IITs), where a significantly higher number of students get a CGPA>9.0

Do you reckon US universities are aware of this fact and convert CGPAs differently for different foreign universities?
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2009, 01:57:04 PM »

No. They do not have a weight system for different schools if that is what you are asking about. GPA is a number based on a certain system independent of college you went to. However, name brand might make a difference in perception about who you are.
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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2009, 02:02:55 PM »

i think the brand does matter...schools are aware of the rigorous curriculum of the IIT's, and the fact that they're pretty damn hard to get into, and because of the brand you may have an edge over somebody with an equivalent gpa from another institution
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2009, 07:07:37 PM »

I'm quite sure the school does matter when interpreting GPA. Even within the US, there are schools with reputations of grade inflation in some form or another (take-home finals, pass-fail options, 5.0 scales, overall difficulty, etc etc). I'm sure most of the these adcoms have a large database of historical scores in which to make comparisons with your scores.
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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2009, 07:31:55 AM »

I remember Dr. Stefanica director of Baruch, mentioning in one of the chats "We know how to convert GPA in 10 point scale to 4 point scale for students from IITs".
National Institute of Technology brand is although not recognized at par with IITs but are the second best place in India for Engineering.
Do we need to explain these things to the admissions committee? Do people from other countries do similar things?
Because I am very sure no admission committee can have the details of grading pattern and toughness of getting into for all the schools of the world. The recognized ones win the race here.
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« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2009, 07:42:52 AM »

I remember Dr. Stefanica director of Baruch, mentioning in one of the chats "We know how to convert GPA in 10 point scale to 4 point scale for students from IITs".
National Institute of Technology brand is although not recognized at par with IITs but are the second best place in India for Engineering.
Do we need to explain these things to the admissions committee? Do people from other countries do similar things?
Because I am very sure no admission committee can have the details of grading pattern and toughness of getting into for all the schools of the world. The recognized ones win the race here.

Yes, of course they will not have the info on every university, but to simply convert your GPA yourself is merely misleading, and you should not attempt it.
They will consider the university's merits, there's no need to talk about that on your app, or you just risk sounding defensive.

Anyway, the GPA is just one component of the entire application. Work experience, references, standardized test scores, your application essays, any academic papers published, the diversity you bring to the class, these are all important factors.

No one here can claim to give expert advice. But everyone who makes it into a top program has something in his or her application that stands out.

So don't get hung up on GPA's. And if you don't get in, ask the adcoms why, so you can focus on strengthening your weak points. Because 8.19/10 is a perfectly respectable GPA, but it means nothing unless the rest of you application is strong as well.
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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2009, 12:52:38 PM »

Thanks Ligmania  Cool
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